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UFC on FOX 7 Salaries: Benson Henderson, Frank Mir each earn $200,000

Frank-Mir - MMAWEEKLYLast night is one UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson will surely never forget. In addition to successfully defending his title against a game Gilbert Melendez, Henderson also proposed to his longtime girlfriend and exited the Octagon with a fiancée as a result. Were those two things not enough, “Bendo” also brought home a $200,000 paycheck due to his success in the scrap.

Henderson’s windfall was reported by the California State Athletic Commission along with the salaries attached to UFC on FOX 7. MMAJunkie was first to reveal the figures.

Though Henderson scored six figures he wasn’t alone in that regard, as Melendez landed a $175,000 payday. Likewise, Frank Mir made $200,000 for his losing effort to Daniel Cormier who earned $126,000 respectively.

None of the reported salaries include undisclosed bonuses or sponsorship money.

Read below for a full list of UFC on FOX 7 salaries:

Yoel Romero – $70,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus, includes $50,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
Clifford Starks – $8,000
Anthony Njokuani – $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
Roger Bowling – $12,000
Jorge Masvidal – $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
Tim Means – $10,000
T.J. Dillashaw – $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
Hugo Viana – $8,000
Joseph Benavidez – $66,000 (includes $33,000 win bonus)
Darren Uyenoyama – $12,000
Myles Jury – $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
Ramsey Nijem – $14,000
Francis Carmont – $38,000 (includes $19,000 win bonus)
Lorenz Larkin – $23,000
Chad Mendes – $56,000 (includes $28,000 win bonus)
Darren Elkins – $24,000
Matt Brown – $110,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus, $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Jordan Mein – $66,000 (includes $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
Josh Thomson – $145,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus, $50,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
Nate Diaz – $15,000
Daniel Cormier – $126,000 (includes $63,000 win bonus)
Frank Mir – $200,000
Benson Henderson – $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus)
Gilbert Melendez – $175,000


  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    Not much love for Nate.
    That must be incorrect, based on what the other losers made.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    I wonder if he just has a massive win bonus, also Gil made more then Henderson did in just show money

  • Richard Stabone says:

    I don’t know all the details but Gil’s fat payday has to be a carryover from his SF deal… I’m assuming for the guys the UFC picked up from SF they will honor the remaining fights on the SF terms, and then will start over once it expires.

    For a guy like Nate, he’s now headlined a FOX event and been part of the main FOX telecast on another. So he’s making big money from the sponsorship $$ that type of exposure attracts. But even still, a $15K payday from the UFC does seem really low… that was Nate’s 18th fight with the company. The UFC’s pay structure, or at least how they report things, is really wonky.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Ive seen this before when mir faught big country.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Gunner that Mir/BigCountry fight I’m pretty sure Big Country was still under the TUF contract so that’s why it was so low

  • MCM says:

    From what I’ve gathered from other reports and dropped comments and hints, Nate’s low payday is tied into taxes. He can report less on his taxes if he shows he didn’t make much. It’s also one of the reasons he has such bad credit and had a hell of a time buying a house. If the tax man ever catches up to him, he’s probably in deep shit but doing it this way lets him fly under the radar a bit easier. Pretty sure the UFC recommends this in their fighter summits.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Big country won tuf and had a ufc contract when he faught mir I thought his low payday was just dana white dislikimg him.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    I know he won TUF, but whoever wins has a 6 fight contract for winning, he was still under that contract when he fought Mir, all the TUF winners have gotten the same contract

  • Screenplaya says:

    200 grand for Mir? I wonder if that high number indicates that Frank would have received little or no win bonus? He sure fought like a guy with nothing to gain.


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